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A short round-up of things.

- The news about Supernatural-fandom's latest fail has spread far and wide, but since one more link doesn't hurt, here's one to the best summary about what is going on. A short description: An author writes a Jensen Ackles/Jared Padalecki RPF in which they have sexy times in Haiti, and actual people of Haiti are exploited on the side. The author is called out on it, the author gets defensive. Discussion is had. I don't have anything to add that hasn't been said better by many others (such as here), but I think this kind of a story would have completely passed the radar completely in a smaller fandom, so the fact that it's talked about in the first place is pretty damn good.

- There has also been discussion about the exploitative side of hurt/comfort fiction, and while hurt/comfort is a total id genre and therefore incredibly appealing to me, after years of reading fetishistic Cloud-fic in FF7-fandom all I can say is ABOUT DAMN TIME. This and this are great posts about the subject.

- As far as real life politics go, Finland will soon have its second female prime minister, and perhaps even more importantly, its first female bishop. Female bishop who also happens to support same-sex marriages, which makes her very awesome.

- As far as real life politics further go, the trial against Prop 8 is ending soon. There is only one proper ending for that trial and that is that Prop 8 GOES DOWN.

A link

Jun. 10th, 2010 04:58 pm
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Women, solidarity and no-conflict-ever programming

It's an interesting post about friendships between women and how conflicts are handled in them. I'm not sure if I fully agree with it since I'm getting a "girls always use passive-aggressive methods and boys don't" vibe from it (which I disagree with since I've met plenty of passive-aggressive guys), but then again

Personal experience bit behind the cut )

On lighter note, WTF is with Google forcing a background picture on you? My eyes were perfectly fine with the plain black and white, thank you very much!
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Warning: The link includes triggering content. Proceed with care.

Rec behind the cut )
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I owe [livejournal.com profile] mrasaki few memes, but here's a serious post first.

[livejournal.com profile] sparkindarkness has a link round-up about all the attacks on LGBT youth and children lately, and it's all extremely depressing to read, but also extremely necessary. People can indeed be this evil. Knowing that, no matter how disheartening, is better than not.

In addition to this Pink News just reported about an US school canceling the prom just so that a lesbian student and her girlfriend can't go there. Because two girls spending some romantic time together is apparently the most horrible thing in the world. I don't even.

Meanwhile, Syfy has attempted to put up a character profile for Gwen from Merlin, and has managed to be massively offensive. The most baffling line: Not even the most charitable person could call her beautiful. As in nobody could call this woman beautiful. AS IN WHAT.

And last but not least, Washington DC legalized gay marriages. Yay! The Washington Post made an article with a picture of two guys kissing, and apparently people began to cry about it. The Washington Post's response? Awesome.

"News photos capture reality. And the prominent display reflects the historic significance of what was occurring. The recent DC Council decision to approve same-sex marriage was the culmination of a decades-long gay rights fight for equality."

Ray of hope =
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So in Iowa, United States, there is a law in works that is straight from my dreams: The kind that protects students from harassment and bullying. Nice, right? Except that some Republicans want to exclude the LGBT youth from being protected by said law. Because children must be protected from harm except when they're queer. Not happy about this.

(Aside from the extremely obvious message, this also sends another one: You deserve to be treated well only if you meet certain conditions. It's not that bullying is naturally wrong or anything.)

help_haiti

Jan. 14th, 2010 09:12 pm
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I'm offering fic at [livejournal.com profile] help_haiti in exchange of donations. My thread is this one.
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So, both Final Fantasy and House fandoms are high with the race fail. Where's the massive fireball of doom when you need one?
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A while ago, there was a fanficrant. Then there was this comment thread, which takes off with this:

"Basically, you can't compare apples (straight relationships and the titles associated with them) to oranges (homosexual and genderqueer relationships)."

You may guess how it goes from there. The story goes on over at [info] ffrantsrants, especially in this post. It goes on like this.

"What happened to turning the other cheek?"

Why hello there tone argument.

And it goes personal from here on )

This week..

Oct. 2nd, 2009 11:48 am
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My boiled-down opinion about the LLF debate, sweet and short:

UNPRIVILEGED GROUP'S RIGHT TO DECIDE WHAT HAPPENS IN AND WHO CAN ENTER THEIR SPACE >>>>>>>> PRIVILEGED GROUP'S RIGHT TO OPERATE ON AND ENTER THAT SPACE.

There we go.

Meanwhile, I also have a thought about Polanski.

And about Michael Jackson )
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Some day-ruinage )
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Maybe one day posts like this will be natural truths: On Men and Rape.

Also, a couple of drabbles.

Title: Acquittals
Fandom: Final Fantasy IX
Pairing: Cid/Hilda, implied Kuja/Hilda
Rating: G
Words: 100
Summary: Hilda doesn't forgive yet.
A/N: Written for The Final Fantasy OTP War Thread.

Acquittals )

Title: Drawn In
Fandom: Final Fantasy VII: OGC
Character/Pairing: Lucrecia, pre-Hojo/Lucrecia
Rating: G
Words: 100
Summary: How a scientist falls.

Drawn In )
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once escorted

This is a very interesting and truthful post about infantilization of women and how it reflects in Prop 8 and its supporters. It's really nicely written, and struck home with me. For related reading there's also this post about how misogyny and homophobia go hand in hand, which is pretty funny despite the enraging arguments it deals with.
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You know, this sentence.

"If you don't ignore them, you give them power."

It makes me see red.

You see, it doesn't matter what kind of violence you have been subjected to; you're going to be mad about it anyway because you didn't deserve to be wronged. The common factor in all forms of violence is that it's done because the perpetrator makes the choice of committing it. The first blow is delivered by the person who decides to do wrong, and it's not something that the person being wronged has any control over.

And when you've been wronged, you have the right to strike back.

So there's simply no sense in claiming that ignoring something shitty is somehow a better choice than doing something about it. By doing something horrible, the perpetrator is executing power, and you have the choices of either letting that happen or challenging them in some way. Silence means there's nothing to listen, nothing to interfere with. It's convenience. So yeah, if a person says that up there with a straight face, I have to question their motives.

There's also absolutely nothing new in this entire post, and I don't have any right to lecture about it. But the Racefail'09 and all the other conversations about anger, silence and having to negotiate when you shouldn't has given me to realizations. First, I need to keep up doing that pulling my head out of my ass thing. Second, there's something about me personally that I need to address soon. But not today.

ETA: Rephrased few things because my self-expression needs work.

:) and :(

Jan. 23rd, 2009 11:26 pm
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I'm barely awake, but I thought I'd post these. Good stuff first.

Recap of Obama's first days in the office. I was amazed, in a very good way.

Unhappy link tucked away beneath the cut )

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